June Itinerary

June is bustin’ out all over and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for street fests and more techno park parties. Feel free to DM me with any events I’m missing. I update this throughout the month.

June 1st

SALON – A West Philly Drag Revue

Wicked Women- June First Friday Event

Industrial 6/1 Xentrifuge PT Grimm Chmcl Str8jckt +DJ XrisSMack!

Modern Blood This Friday w/ Mike Saga,ElijvhVrms & Richard Reich

Philly Loves The Soulquarians w DJ’s Mike Nyce + 9th Wonder

Tantrum Tonic

Goodie no.96 w. MANIK at Liaison Room

SFM Philly presents: TIME Travel w/ Be Svendsen.

June 2nd

Sex Dwarf Depeche Mode Pregame

Bangarang Presents: Party Animals a FUNdraiser for PAWS

Breakfast Club – New Wave + Post Punk Brunch

Casey has stageiv cancer, what‚Äôs your excuse ūüôā

Da Wobble: A Dance Flashmob – Disrupting Displacement

West Philly Porchfest with LEFT RITE 2.0

Ambient Church: Suzanne Ciani in Quadraphonic Sound

Midge Ure of Ultravox Acoustic 

PEX Magic Garden Party 7

Lower Tar : J. De Sosa : Lady Shame : Gabo Rio

Spacer Women with DJs Rana Ransom and Skip-Stop

CyberProm: Cybertron Goth Prom [Free Before 11pm]

A Black Celebration

Labyrinth One Year Anniversary

June 3rd

Producer Social – Rooftop Party

Philly Dyke Ride – 2018 edition

Dark Thoughts & Cult Objects Matinee BBQ

Depeche Mode With Special Guest – Global Spirit Tour

June 4th

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

June 7th

Wet Dream [A Drag Show + Dance Party]

Mad World – a new wave party

All Natural Sessions – Left Rite Takeover

June 8th

Rudy Kardos vs Tantrum Tonic

Making Time with Carla dal Forno

Pop-Up at Maingate

Svmmon: A Dark Dance Night

Control Freak with Magglezzz at The Dolphin

June 9th

Riot Nerd Flea Market

Juice: A Summer Fest for QTWOC

Special Treetment Art Show

Pretty In Pink Prom Night – 80s New Wave/90s Alternative Dance

DJ Firmeza (Portugal) / :3Lon / TBA

Subsurface 005: Phil Moffa, Damon Bradley, M//R

The Shakedown: Thomas Blondet + Mr. Falcon Upstairs

1694 + Great Circles present Curious Dream

DJ Firmeza (Portugal) / :3Lon / DJ Delish/ Stateschoolgirl/TBA

Summer of Summer w/ TSOT DJ Kai Fentross at The Trestle Inn

Subsurface 005: Phil Moffa, Damon Bradley, M//R

Yolo Ono & Osagie at The Dolphin

Bangarang Presents: Party Animals a FUNdraiser for PAWS

The Perfect World of Partying w/ Greg D & Zillas On Acid !

June 10th

Ask A Sex Abuse Survivor in Philadelphia

The Soul Pickle Loves Philly w/DEL

Cleopatra’s Secrets 02

2018 Philly LGBT Pride Parade and Festival

Echo Flex: a 2000s Era Hip Hop Party!

goodie social at Foto Club

June 11th

Ginabeats III: Special Edition Tigerbeats Birthdaypalooza!

June 13th

Deep Space Brooklyn | DJ Spooky/ François K. at Output

June 14th

BUM BUM TRA TRA: Latinx & Tropical Club Sounds at The Dolphin

Miami Vice Tropical 80s Night

The Horrors with Remote/Control at Underground Arts

June 15h

Vampyrty ~ 2018

Night Moves – Extended Roofdeck Party at South Bowl

Cold Cave / Black Marble / Choir Boy at Union Transfer

Vortex – Dark Music for a Distraught Life Form

Say Less presents: Onur Ozman

June 16th

SunFunToo : Song of the Siren

Zi√ļr/Precolumbian/Besharam/Teknacolor Ninja/Wolf Dem

Club Congress

June 17th

Dauwd [] pres. by [sic]

June 18th

Slenko & McKeys / Alpha_Alpha / Tapes & Tubes / Les Iris

June 19th

Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip) / Moon Diagrams / Night Drive at JBs

June 20th

Post-punk / New Wave / Goth ( Unknown Pleasures) at The Dolphin

June 21st

Nitty Gritty: Rock & Roll w/the Ramones!

Out Come The Wolves[Punk Rock/Ska Party]

June 22nd

Return to Vacation Beach

Resonate presents: Dom & Roland + Robert Manos

DJSC at Kung Fu Necktie

June 23rd

Mushroom Growing 101: Beyond Low-Tech

Lehigh Valley Pagan Pride Day 2018

Muslim City Fest- Philadelphia

Celtic Fling

The Wonder Bars w/ Double D and DigitalDavy

Daybreaker PHL // A Journey Through Time

SummerJam ‚Äė18. FREE! w/ DJ ICEY

Boat Trippin’ // Doc Martin, Byron The Aquarius, More!

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party

No Boyfriends: 1YR Anniversary

Kill Frenzy & Worthy at Warehouse on Watts

June 24th

I Love Industrial w/ DAS ICH & DistortedRetrospect

Philly SOUL Picnic a Summer 2018 House Reunion

Summer Forever w/ special guest Ed Christof

June 27th

SYNTHICIDE x Fleisch Present: Zanias, Multiple Man x Neud Photo + More

Tribe: Beach Party Theme

June 28th

Thursday Night Fever [A Disco Party]

June 29th

PEX Summer Festival X

Smells Like Children – a dark 90’s dance party

goodie no. 97 w. Waajeed, Matthew Law, Leo & Hadida

June 30th

Moondog II

Kate Ferencz Tape Release w/ Height Keech and Kevin Wynd

Next Up: Cold Cave / Black Marble / Choir Boy

Transmission Рa Dark Danse Party 

The Barbary is a club that has been standing the test of time so far in the Philly club circuit. Us nightlife people are painfully aware of the influx and outflux of available spaces for parties. Like Kung Fu Necktie, the two-party a night business model works well when it comes to bringing in a crowd.

The staff at The Barbary are some of the nicest and socially aware people. They manage an interesting monthly itinerary of functions and the sound system is well built. Overall the  space is what I consider to be safe and inclusionary.

These wonderful elements aside, I just can’t seem to get into Transmission.

Transmission – a Dark Danse Party

Long gone is the heyday of goth events in the city. Unfortunately, I was too young to experience the lore of a party happening almost every night of the week. Economic and environmental times have changed, and I wonder if a goth party a night would even be sustainable in Philly these days.

This isn’t to say there is a dry spell. We have Spellbound (back from hiatus in August), Uknown Pleasures, A Black Celebration, and a ton of quality shows happening at Lacquer. Transmission is easily one of the most frequently attended. It’s also an important event in the scene. The crowd tends to be a mixed bag of familiar eyelined faces and goth tourists. Sure, creeps definitely can rear their ugly heads here, but the staff at The Barbary have a no-nonsense¬†policy for that behavior. Recently a friend told me of getting someone kicked out for saying transphobic things about someone who works there. I’ve never felt unsafe at a party here.

Transmission is also a great party to bring your non-counterculture friends and expose them to music they may not have been aware of before. However, this is where I hit a wall with how much fun I have. While I’ve never had a bad time, It seems lately that every time I come the exact same songs are played by the same handful of artists. It makes sense to play classics of course, and New Orders Blue Monday will never get old for me. However, there are a lot of classic and danceable tracks that aren’t featured, let alone contemporary goth. A few years this wasn’t the case at Transmission. You could hear songs by TRST being played or lesser known songs from The Cure. The DJ’s are very talented in technique as well, so I’m unsure why the variety of tracks has waned.

The quality of music is my first in personal preferences for what I look for at an event and I¬†haven’t been impressed lately here. However, Transmission is never gonna be a bad choice for a fun outing and is a safe choice if you’re not sure what else is going on that night.

Next Up: June Itinerary

 

April Itinerary

It’s the season of park parties and Spring jams! Lot’s of stuff going on, but please DM if any events are missing. I’ll update this throughout the month.

April 4th

Spring Ritual Celebration

Essaie Pas, Bernardino Femminielli, Void Vision

Skeletal Family ~ Remote/Control ~ Live Not On Evil at KFN

Making Time presents: Yaeji

Feminist Karaoke Fundraiser {Featuring DJ Sara Sherr!}

April 5th

2018 Teal Day Press Conference

Third World Feminism: An Introduction

Grendel

All Natural ft. Huxley w/ Mr. Falcon at Rumor

Mad World – a new wave party

April 6th

Spellbound + Nemesisters

Goodie no.94 : w Navbox

Mari.te [] P.S 118

Discwoman Night w/ Tama Sumo & Lakuti, Ciel, Ariel Zetina, DJ Haram & more

Stimulate 4/6 Severed Nations Tour w/Grendel Ghostfeeder and PTP

Three Forces Unite-Sys2matik Ovrl0ad, Voltheque, BZRTL and Dj’s

April 7th

Grand Opening- ICNA Relief’s SHAMS Clinic

Final Infrared w/ LEFT RITE Residents

Club Congress

Deep Beats & Cocktails | Tribal Rhythms

A Black Celebration

Subsurface 003 w/ Omar-S

Sakura Week at Shofuso: Ryakubon Tea Demonstration

Schmer Record Release Party

April 11th

Psychic Hotline : Softie : Nylon : DJ Plastic Ivy

Free for All with Matt Savitsky and DJ Jasmine Infiniti

Woman Crush Wednesday

Tektonic w/ Formula 5 + Goose at Silk City

April 12th

Bystander Practices for Advancing Consent Culture

HIDE, Humanbeast, Deep Red, DJ Nikki Sneakers at Saint Vitus

April 13th

FreaQy FriDay

HIDE // Void Vision // Stroker + DJ littlespaceyy

Svmmon: A Dark Dance Night

SFM presents Altitude w/ Miss Melera

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party, Friday the 13th Edition

April 14th

Riot Nerd Craft Bazaar

Disconnected : An Electromagnetic Performance

Spit Mask, Statiqbloom, Crowhurst

Ancient Voices Concerts

Skeletal Family at The Red Party

5 Years of Razor-N-Tape w/ Session Victim , Mood II Swing, more

April 15th

Sunday Funday with LEFT RITE

Sakura Sunday

2018 Cherry Blossom Festival

April 16th

Yoga for Anxiety and Depression

Dig * it * all 2.0 ‚ÄĒ digital / electronic music & art show

April 17th

Laurie Anderson with Neil Gaiman- New York, NY

April 18th

Nothing Changes 5 Year Anniversary Party with Pharmakon, Robert Turman, Further Reductions (DJ Set)

Iron DJ Semi Finals: Sweat Daddy VS Gun$ Garcia

UNKNOWN PLEASURES

April 19th

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult at Stanhope House

All Natural ft. De La Swing w/ Shino Urena at Rumor

Wonderlust: Bicycle Day

Step On

April 20th

Bastiengoat DJ Ripley AGYN Tekkenkonkreet

Fryday 4.20 ft. Rick Wonder at Rumor

Vortex Goth Industrial April 20th w/ The Rain Within & HexHeart

Say Less Dance More 15

Dark Tower V3: Ooh Baby I Like It Raw!

April 21st

Spring Mourning: Oddities Market

Mausoleum Monster Hop – All Ages Costume Dance Party

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult – 30th Anniversary Show

Animal Control

The death and resurrection show!!

Winkdown feat. Josh Wink [open to close] at WOW

Output Grayscale: Techno Is The Answer | Danny Tenaglia/ Anthony Parasole at Output and Truncate in The Panther Room

Elrow New York: The Residency Begins

Control Freak ft Magglezzz at the Dolphin

Terry Radio Satellite Party

April 22nd

Mindfulness through Birdwatching with Karin Marcus

Echo Presents: Spring Fling II

April 23rd

Rasputina

April 24th

6SEX6 Metal Burlesque Party

April 26th

Union Transfer, Philadelphia – Peter Hook & The Light: Substance

The Residents

All Natural ft. Pirupa w/ 33 Degree at Rumor

April 27th

Hands Around City Hall

Dennis Ferrer w/ Rob Paine at Rumor

April 28th

Zerzura (Nigerian acid western) – Philly Premiere

Femme Freedom’s 4th Annual Fundraiser

Automatic Saturdays ft. DJ Redline & Giuliano Presta

610 Underground Sessions

April 30th

Moon Light Toad Walk

Tricky: TLA

 

Next Up: Saturday In The Park with LEFT RITE

March Itinerary

Hey hey it’s Aries month! I’m here with your March itinerary. As usual, let me know if I’m missing any events on here. There are a lot of goth nights happening, must be in celebration of my big 30 coming up!

March 2nd

Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Martial Canterel, INTERVAL, The Wants

Excision

Dave P……ALL NITE LONG.

Select Sounds Feat. Weiss (21+)

goodie no.94 : w Rob Paine & Francisco Collazo

Black Coffee at Coda

March 3rd

Changing Death: Culture and Acceptance: a Panel + Exhibition

Strictly HOUSE | Deep Beats & Cocktails

Carpe Noctem

Club Congress

A Black Celebration

Dark Tower v2 Electric Boogaloo

March 6th

GOTH NIGHT w/ Distorted Retrospect!

March Synth Night

March 7th

Spaced Out!

Mad World – a New Wave Party

Cult Objects / Washer / Bethlehem Steel / Yazan – Everybody Hits

OMD – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

March 8th

24HrPHL Dialogues – Berlin Clubcommission’s Lutz Leichsenring

Solidarity is Sweet! IWS Celebration & Fundraiser

R A D A R 3) a party for queer femmes

CVLT with Dave Ghoul and DJ Poe at Asylum 13

Queer Qrush – An All-inclusive Dance Party!

Issa UK Ting: Garage Grime UK Funky Bruk DnB + at The Dolphin ~ Free!

Thursdaze w/s/g Bummer’s End at Backyard Ale House

March 9th

Tantrum Tonic

Dreams of You: Soft Touches and Fiber Futures

Foundation, Philadelphia’s Premier Goth Industrial Dance Party

Transmission – A Dark Danse Party

LATE NIGHT SHOW: Automelodi, Bootblacks at Saint Vitus

Retro Friday- Ed Wood

March 10th

Myles Sergé aka Translate

Watchout!

The Shakedown 16 YEAR Anniversary!

The Red Party: Welcome to the Reptile House: A Night of Sisters!

Automelodi / IXVLF / Lunacy – plus DJs

The Labyrinth No.6

Output Grayscale | R√łdh√•d/ Kobosil/ Monoloc at Output and Sven Weisemann (Open to Close) in The Panther Room

March 11th

Plan 9 from Outer Space- featuring Rifftrax!

The Barbary Presents: Drag-aoke !

610 Underground: Pop Up in Allentown

March 14th

Mad World – a New Wave Party

March 15th

Wonderlust w/ Mr. Falcon, Aziz + The Wonder Bars (DJ SET)

Night Sins, Remote Control, Cheeky at Ortlieb’s

Feels Good: Groovy Dance Jams w/ Maggs Bruchez

WET DREAM [DRAG SHOW + DANCE PARTY]

March 16th

Nightmares On Wax with Attic Tapes at Underground Arts

The Magic Message presents: Paradise at The Dolphin

Resonate presents: Robert Manos + Adred & Ray Uptown

Say Less x Most Excellent

March 17th

Martial Canterel // Void Vision // Plastic Ivy

March 31st

Shadowland Lancaster with Guest DJ Diesel

DNCE w. Francisco Collazo at Liaison Room

Next Up: Infrared w. Joe Pompeo, Who’s Who, BeeTee Beats

Spellbound with Hogwasche

 

In a time when goth nights frequently wax and wane, Spellbound is a¬† top contender in Philly for old-school and contemporary sounds. Running close to three years now, the mixture of live music and rotating resident DJ’s (with the occasional guest DJ) creates a unique party option.

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Spellbound with Hogwasche

Beyond the name,¬†there is a bewitching element here for the socially progressive. The queer and POC community, along with women and other frequently marginalized¬†groups are at the forefront. In fact, DJ Nightwitch started this party as a proactively¬†safe space and platform¬†for many of the lesser known female¬†DJ’s and musical acts in the goth scene.

Although a lot of events may make the claims of ‚Äúno intolerance of others, keep your hands to yourself, etc‚ÄĚ, when push comes to shove these sentiments aren‚Äôt always¬†put into action. Many factors play into this such as the occasional popularity contest or mega egos. However, at Spellbound if someone is making you uncomfortable, your voice will be heard.

Before I talk shop about this particular Spellbound, I want to mention our friend Casey. He has been involved in the community for a long time. From creating his own dope music to curating visuals for Void Vision and other local artists, he is a true Renaissance man. Tragically, Casey has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

For this edition of Spellbound, we had a donation jar set up for him and raised over $200 for his medical bills. Casey and his partner Michelle (of Mesh Vintage) have set up a GoFundMe page. Please give what you can. Anything is appreciated.

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Casey’s GoFundMe

¬†Hogwasche was the live¬†act and style wise they could be described as industrial metal. While that is a style of music I personally have a tough time getting into, the band’s stage presence and technical skill kept even this soft goth’s attention. Nocturne legend DJ¬†Mike Saga¬†was¬†the¬†guest DJ. His energetic personality¬†was a perfect fit¬†for our fundraiser. He made¬†an enthusiastic announcement¬†towards the end of the night, imploring¬†party people to donate what they could for Casey.¬†Resident DJ¬†Strykk9¬†and DJ¬†Nightwitch¬†were the perfect bookends to Mike’s throwback EBM set.

The collaborative spirit of the  Spellbound crew and genuine love for counter-culture is hard to come by these days. I seriously look forward to this every month and I’ve even had friends come out to it who aren’t part of the goth scene who have the best time. Hope to see you at the next one, we would love to dance all night with you!

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